Posts Tagged ‘legislation’

A quick blogpost at FreeRad!cals about the decision, which should be officially handed down tomorrow, that adds Al Muhajiroun and her successor organizations to the proscribed terror list. I am unsure of whether this will have the desired effect of making them go away, and have a pretty strong feeling this is not the last we shall see of Anjem Chaudhury. For those interested in hearing more about the article I reference at the end, afraid you are going to have to wait a few weeks yet….

Goodbye Al Muhajiroun?

Filed under: Radicalisation, UK, islam4uk

The decision to proscribe Al Muhajiroun, Islam4UK, and a cluster of their successor groups is not entirely surprising. The combination of a successful prosecution in Luton of five members (or individuals linked to Al Muhajiroun or one of its off-shoots) after their performance at a homecoming parade for troops from Iraq in March 2009 and the fact that the Prime Minister got dragged into the public debate over whether the group was going to make some sort of ceremonial march through Wootton Bassett, all pointed to things coming to some sort of a head. The question really is whether this time it might mean something final for the group?

The short answer is: no. It would seem highly unlikely that this is the last we shall hear of Omar Bakri Mohammed’s acolytes. Last time the Home Office went forwards with a decision to proscribe some of them in July 2006 (that time it was Al Ghurabaa (the strangers) and the Saved Sect), the decision was made in the months after a group of them had been picked up and charged by police for comments they made at a protest outside the Danish Embassy in which they crossed the line and “solicited murder.” In that instance four group members were given custodial sentences, while in April and May of 2007 another six group members were arrested on charges of “inciting terrorism overseas” and “terrorist fundraising.”

My latest on FreeRadicals, while I can now access this where I am, it still appears temperamental, so you may have to go to the actual post for the hyperlinked version: As ever, thoughts, comments and criticisms warmly welcomed.

Prevent Problems

Filed under: Radicalisation, UK

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the other major theme that appears to be on everyone’s minds in Britain’s Muslim communities is focused around the belief that the UK’s “Prevent” counter-terrorism strategy is in fact a vehicle for spying on Britain’s Muslim communities. This is not an entirely new concern – one can see earlier expressions of it amongst the almost complete lack of trust in the British government that can be found, in particular when considering the counter-terrorism strategy, amongst communities in the UK.